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Images RETURN THE MONEY: Some of Pasco County's private providers in the state voluntary prekindergarten program were overpaid because they got money for students who had dropped out. Notice there's no blame attached there - yet. The state is investigating the discrepancies that turned up during a recent review. The Early Learning Coalition that oversees the program has forced out its executive director, though. For more on the brewing situation, click here.

FAMU HOBBLES ALONG: Castell Bryant, the university's controversial interim president steps down a month before her term is to expire. Meanwhile, leaders who remain don't get all the money they requested to review the school's financial problems.

SIGN THE BILL, CHARLIE: Key Florida business leaders press Gov. Crist to let the state's three top research universities increase their tuition. "You have no idea how intense it has become," Crist says, adding that he's still inclined to veto the measure. Even students want him to sign. Don't believe it? Read this column by the UF student body president, in today's Tallahassee Democrat.

ZERO TOLERANCE MEANS PRINCIPALS, TOO: A Palm Beach middle school principal faces a fine and an unpaid suspension for pointing a toy gun at a student in 2003, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

LEARNING, ONE TILE AT A TIME: Dominoes is such a staple of Hispanic culture, it's a wonder Florida schools didn't start using the game to help kids with math and concentration skills long ago. Now some in Orange County have, to much success, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

STILL CAN'T FIGURE OUT HOW TO RUN A MIDDLE SCHOOL? Check out this one in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., where the teachers go beyond the textbooks to figure out what makes their students tick. It's a national model, the NY Times reports in its final part of a series on middle school reform.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:17am]


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